Liver Cancer

These are only general guidelines and not meant to replace instructions from a physician. Please talk with your physician about your specific condition.

About The Condition

The liver, which is located in the upper right side of your abdomen, helps with your digestion and metabolism. Cancer in the liver can be either primary, which means that it has started in the liver, or metastatic, which means it has spread from another part of your body. All forms of liver cancer can spread quickly and need treatment. Treatment can involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or interventional techniques.

Liver Cancer Diagram

Before Surgery

Prior to your surgery for liver cancer, you may have radiation or chemotherapy to reduce the size of your tumor. Please ask your physician about these treatments. 

In addition you may be asked to:

Please ask your physician about any additional steps you should take before your surgery.


Our surgeons perform open surgery, as well as minimally invasive surgeries, for liver cancer. Your surgeon will explain your particular procedure in more detail.

Minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is performed with laparoscopy or robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Open surgery. Minimally With open surgery, your physician will make an incision at the site of the abnormality large enough so he or she can see and touch your internal organs while operating.

After Surgery

After surgery 

If you have additional questions, please contact us at 763.780.6699.

Surgeons Who Treat Liver Cancer

Jonathan C. Gipson, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Pancreas and foregut (esophagus and stomach) cancer surgery
  • Complex laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and hiatal hernia
  • Emergency surgical procedures
  • Surgical management of trauma
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